HER dream is no different to the dream of most Ginebra fans — have a souvenir jersey of a player from her beloved team.
Marge Cadiz's method was unlike no other: she wrote new lyrics to a nineties-era ode to Ginebra done by singer-songwriter Gary Granada and summoned enough guts to record a video and post in online.
Little did she know that the song will go viral, thanks to her fellow Ginebra fans.
Ginebra fans who have seen the video know her as Maria Gracia Gonzales. But she is really Marge Cadiz, a 26-year-old housewife who, like the millions of Filipinos, is hoping her favorite team will finally win a long-overdue PBA title.
On Tuesday, Cadiz did a cover of Sana Manalo Ang Ginebra, hoping to catch the attention of the team so she can perhaps get a ticket to watch a Ginebra game in the finals and score a souvenir jersey from a Ginebra player.
“This past few days, nung nakutuban ko na papasok sila sa finals, nag-plan na ako na gusto kong manood sa courtside,” said Marge in a phone interview with SPIN.ph.
“Kaso medyo mahal (ang tickets) and at the same time, pahirapan kumuha ng ticket. Ang goal ko kasi is makahingi ng jersey sa kanila the moment na mag-champion sila.”
Cadiz has been a Ginebra fan since her elementary days, saying she was influenced by her father who would bet on Ginebra against his friends. She usually got a bonus from dad each time the Kings won.
“Every time na manalo ang Ginebra, may pasalubong siyang donut sa akin,” said Cadiz, who giggled that she had a crush on Jay-Jay Helterbrand back in those days.
To get her wish, Marge did what she does best — sing.
A singer by profession who worked in a hotel in South Korea years ago, Cadiz, with the help of her husband, wrote updated lyrics to the ditty sung by Bayang Barrios when it became popular during the nineties.
“Nai-post ko kasi ‘yung throwback song ni Ms. Bayang Barrios, napagtanto ko na medyo luma na ‘yung mga players (na nabanggit sa lyrics), mga dating players pa. Ang ginawa ko, with the help of my husband as well, nag-create kami ng bagong lyrics,” said Cadiz.
Marge said watching Ginebra win Game Two of the Governors Cup finals over Meralco on Sunday gave her the inspiration to complete the lyrics. She finished the song at around 8 a.m. the next day.
“Actually, ‘yung lyrics niya, hindi pa ganun ka-ayos kasi kailangan kong panoorin, reviewin ‘yung buong laro para ‘yung mismong nangyari sa game, dun ako makakapag-compose ng kanta," she said.
"Around 8 a.m. natapos ko ‘yung song matapos kong i-review.”
That was when she planned to put her version of the song on video. Although Marge admitted she wished the video would become viral to get the team's attention, she was hesitant at first to post it online.
“Actually, nagtagal siya ng two hours sa phone bago ko i-post. Hindi ko siya pinost agad. Natatakot kasi ako. Matagal ko na gustong mag-viral pero baka maging baduy ang dating sa fans. Lakasan lang ng loob,” said Cadiz.
To her surprise, the video became viral the next morning.
“Nag-tremble talaga ‘yung buong katawan ko. Nanlamig ako. Hindi ko alam na ganun karaming tao ‘yung magugustuhan ‘yung kanta,” said Cadiz.
More than the free ticket and jersey, Cadiz said her overriding motivation for doing the video was to cheer the team on in its quest for a first PBA crown in eight years — hence the line, ‘Tuldukan n'yo ang walo, talunin n'yo Meralco.’
“Para lang mapalakas lang loob ng mga players at, kung mapansin lang, bigyan ako ng jersey at magpa-picture sa kanila. ‘Yun lang naman. Simpleng pangarap lang. Sabi ko nga, hindi ko kailangan ng bagong jersey. Kahit basang basa, mas okay sa akin ‘yun,” said Cadiz.
Marge is so excited about seeing Ginebra win a championship that she is already playing around with new lyrics to the Granada song, in the event the Gin Kings finally succeed.
“Sila talaga ‘yung inspiration ko kung bakit gumawa ako ng version ng kanta,” Cadiz said. “Eight years na rin ako naghihintay, ngayon lang uli nagkaroon ng malaking chance na manalo sila.”
“Currently, gumagawa na ako ng bagong lyrics. May mga pumapasok na sa utak ko. Ire-release ko kapag nag-champion na. Kailangan mag-champion para ma-release ko sila. Same melody pa rin.”